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You probably know that great white sharks are some of the most feared and misunderstood creatures on the planet, but what do you really know about them?
Many people think great white sharks are vicious killers, but in reality, are they? Let's find out!
This is a comprehensive guide to these amazing animals. You'll learn everything from their diet and behavior to where they live and how they reproduce.
Description and Appearance
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A great white shark is a large predatory fish that can be found in coastal waters worldwide. Their characteristic coloration is easily recognized - a white underside and a grey dorsal area. They can grow up to twenty feet in length and weigh up to two thousand pounds.
Great white sharks are opportunistic predators that feed on various prey items, including fish, seals, marine mammals, and even small whales. They are capable of fast bursts of speed and are often seen leaping out of the water during feeding frenzies. Although they have been known to attack humans occasionally, great white sharks are not considered hazardous animals.
The great white shark has a typical sharkAppearance, with a streamlined body, torpedo-shaped head, and two dorsal fins. It's pale gray or olive on the dorsal (upper) side, fading to white on the ventral (lower) side.
It can grow up to 6.4 m (21 ft) long and weigh 1,905 kg (4,200 lb). Males are usually smaller than females. Great whites have about 300 teeth in their mouths, which they use to tear flesh from their prey.
Because of their aggressive behavior and capacity to murder humans, great white sharks have become one of the most feared aquatic creatures on the planet. However, new research reveals that great white shark attacks on humans aren't deliberate but rather the result of the predator's poor eyesight.
The great white shark is a carnivore, and its diet consists mainly of fish. It also eats rays, skates, seals, sea lions, porpoises, and dolphins. Some great whites have even been known to eat small amounts of human flesh.
The great white shark typically hunts by stealth. It often circles its prey at a distance before making a quick rush to take a bite. Great whites are capable of striking with incredible speed and power. They can easily take down large prey items.
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Females reach sexual maturity at around 30-33 years of age, and males reach sexual maturity at approximately 23-26 years. Great White Sharks have a polygynous mating system meaning that a single male will mate with multiple females. Gestation lasts about 11 months, and sharks birth to between one and four pups.
Pups are born in late winter or early spring and immediately enter into a nursery phase where they are protected by their mother and other sharks in the area.
Nursery areas are often located near seal colonies, where the pups learn to hunt. Juvenile sharks remain in the nursery area until they are about 1.5-2 meters long, after which they disperse to other parts of the ocean.
Carl Linnaeus first described the great white shark in his 1758 10th edition of Systema Naturae. He named it Squalus Carcharias. The generic name Squalus is the Latin word for "shark." The specific epithet Carcharias means "sharp," referring to the shark's teeth.
The great white shark is a large member of the Lamnidae family, which also includes the mako shark and porbeagle shark. It is one of four species of white sharks, along with the smooth hammerhead, the reef whitetip, and the sandbar shark. These sharks are collectively known as "white sharks" or "great whites."
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The great white shark is a large predatory fish with a streamlined body and two dorsal fins. It is pale gray or olive on the dorsal side, fading to white on the ventral side. It can grow up to 6.4 m (21 ft) long and weigh 1,905 kg (4,200 lb).
The diet of the great white shark consists mainly of fish, but it also eats rays, skates, seals, sea lions, porpoises, and dolphins. Great whites have been known to eat small amounts of human flesh.
The reproduction of the great white shark is polygynous; females reach sexual maturity at around 30-33 years, and males reach sexual maturity at approximately 23-26 years. Gestation lasts about 11 months, and sharks birth to between one and four pups.
The great white shark is found in coastal waters in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Carl Linnaeus first described it in 1758.
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